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Seven Things to Know About the Rabies Vaccine

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Apr 2, 2024

Rabies vaccine is crucial to be injected promptly with a complete regimen for effectiveness. It is safe to use during pregnancy and should be administered as soon as possible after being in contact with animals that may carry the virus. Rabies is a highly fatal infectious disease, and despite efforts to educate the public, deaths still occur each year due to lack of vaccination after animal bites. In the first three months of 2024, 27 deaths were reported, highlighting the importance of timely vaccination.

Doctor Bui Thanh Phong, Medical Manager at VNVC Vaccination System, has compiled seven important notes about rabies vaccination to help people understand and use it effectively. It is essential to get vaccinated early after being bitten, as there is no minimum time requirement. The vaccine helps the body produce antibodies to block the rabies virus’s movement to the nervous system. Even if the biting animal appears healthy, vaccination is still necessary, as symptoms can develop months or years later.

It is not necessary to abstain from sex after getting vaccinated against rabies. However, certain activities like heavy lifting and intense exercise should be avoided during the vaccination period to ensure its effectiveness. A single shot of the vaccine is not sufficient to create immunity, so following the full regimen is crucial. Pregnant women can safely receive the rabies vaccine without any changes to the schedule, as there is no evidence of harm to the fetus.

Contrary to misconceptions, rabies vaccines are safe, modern vaccines that do not cause harmful side effects. The price of rabies vaccines varies depending on the type and facility, ranging from 250,000 VND to 500,000 VND per dose. It is essential to seek vaccination from reputable facilities to ensure safety and effectiveness. Proper understanding and adherence to the vaccination regimen are key to preventing rabies infection and saving lives.

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